NFL Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders called an unnamed white reporter an “African-American killer” because the reporter had alleged that Sanders’ charter school, Prime Prep Academy, was involved in illegal recruiting of athletes.
In a radio interview with KRLD-FM 105.3, Sanders responded to allegations that his charter school had engaged in illegal recruiting of both football and basketball players.
He said, “First of all, this all started mainly by a Caucasian reporter from a news station, Channel 8, you know who I’m talking about, and he seems like he’s the African-American killer.”
“It’s always something against a brother. And that bothers me. I’ve never been accused of cheating with anything, in any sports, in any arena, in my life.”
“Now to be accused of something as stupid and as simplistic as this and all I have is 30 kids out there.”
Sanders has threatened to file a lawsuit, saying, “We have a lawyer that’s getting ready to tear some butts up, because a lot of the things that were done to our institution was done wrong because you dislike me.”
“Don’t allow your disdain for me affect our kids and that’s what’s happening.”
When asked why he thinks he’s being targeted, Sanders said it’s because he provokes change because kids in undeserved community have a chance to stay in school.
The former NFL star whose charter school is state funded and offers tuition free education for kindergarten through 5th grade in Fort Worth, Texas, and 6th through 12th grade in Oak Cliff, Texas, said he has nothing to gain from the athletic success of his school.
“I’m trying to get kids to college, the majority of my kids don’t even play sports,” Sanders said.